Mothers & Sons: Feminism, Masculinity, and the Struggle to Raise Our Sons


The relationship between mothers and sons has been explored for ages. FromOedipusto Al Brooks'Mother, we are fascinated by the familial bond between a mother and her son. This groundbreaking work looks at many untouched areas of the mother-son relationship including race, sexuality and ability. The contributors to this collection speak from the heart and explore how the institution of motherhood oppresses women, impedes mother-son identification and fosters sexism. The impact of the feminist movement on the mother-son relationship, which has been previously neglected in literature, is explored in-depth inMothers and Sons. These deeply personal reflections includes stories of lesbian mothers identifying challenges in raising sons in our heterosexist culture as well as black mothers and sons and Jewish mothers. For all with an interest in family issues, gender issues, or a new perspective on mothering, this book is a must read.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Andrea O'Reilly
  • Mary Kay Blakely
  • Jacqueline Haessly
  • Claudette Lee
  • Ethel Hill Williams
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • New York
Publication year:
  • 2001